More Prep

April 18, 2019

Mark Scott and I did another Tamarisk once-over late yesterday afternoon.

Here are the tee times for the Senior Open qualifier.


Leslie’s college team won the three-day, Mountain West Championship at Mission Hills yesterday. They all jumped in Poppy’s Pond. Check out the video.


The day after the Senior Open qualifier, Mark will caddie the Women’s Open qualifier at Industry Hills for Liselotte Neumann and he’s not done yet. The three-day member guest at Big Horn is next.

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Twice Around

April 16, 2019

Walked eighteen with Lisa Depaulo and her caddie Mark Scott (they were on a buggy) yesterday morning just to see the Tamarisk course. Then I get a text from Leslie for a late afternoon practice round. It was a race against time so a buggy was necessary. It’s not like we weren’t going to take one anyway. Smile

The course is in fabulous condition. Lush fairways and pure, slick greens.


More Miles, More Miles

April 14, 2019

My last four hikes were 7.4,5.6,6.9 and 8.9 miles. Over 70 total miles since arriving in the desert. I’m going to rest now.


Early in my ascent during yesterday’s hike, I crossed paths with two familiar faces. It was a lady with her dog Pete, heading in the opposite direction. Mark and I met her a few days ago.

We exchanged pleasantries and as she departed, touched my shoulder, whispered her address and slipped her house key into my shorts. Well, maybe not. But the shoulder touch was real. I take that as being hit on. Smile


No greens books at The Masters. As it should be everywhere.


I’m going to loop for Leslie Spalding at the local US Senior Open qualifier. It’s at Tamarisk Country Club on Tuesday the 23rd. Here are all the qualifying sites.


May have work for some Symetra events. We’ll see. Davidson NC will be my first unless I conjure up a bag for the Senior Open. They’re the same week.


On The Trail With Mark

April 10, 2019

Yesterday, I hiked with Mark Scott. We did the Bogart Murray Hill Loop. We finished as the heat was building and well before the dust storm showed its ugly face.

Here’s Mark at the top of Murray Hill just before being stung by a bee. The guy at the other table was stung also. “They came out of nowhere” was the unanimous utterance.

Mark on top of Murray Hill Palm Springs


Then there was this:

LPGA FOUNDER AND WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBER MARILYNN SMITH DIES AT 89

A moving Facebook tribute to LPGA caddie Chuck Hoersch from player Kris Tschetter. Chuck passed in 2012.


Tournament Thoughts

April 8, 2019

Again, the ANA Inspiration was disappointing as far as attendance figures go. Compared to this event in the “golden age” of the LPGA, it is woefully pathetic. Anyone who denies that Asian dominance has nothing to do with it is fooling themselves. Just change the name to the ALPGA and be done with it. The highlight was the shot off the bridge on the eighteenth.

On the other hand, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was a delight to watch. “Patron” support was incredible and of course, the event was conducted on a scale equal to its groundbreaking significance.

One day, a 6’2” transgender will enter, blowing everyone away, and make a farce out of the whole thing but until then …


Three more hikes in the record books. Another with Jeff Steffler on Thursday and solos the next two days. Today is a day of rest except for doing my taxes.


I got the itch for a new phone after eyeing my roommates’ new devices but I think I’ll pass. I wish my phone had a brighter screen but the cost doesn’t justify the upgrade.


On The Trail With Jeff

April 5, 2019

Hiked the Garstin Loop Trail with caddie Jeff Steffler today. Done in a couple hours. Yesterday we did the Araby Trail.

This is Jeff’s presidential candidate or super hero pose. Your choice.

Jeff Steffler atop the Araby Trail


At the turn during the pro-am, a variety of goodies were on hand for our consumption. One of the choices were chicken or beef sliders. I wasn’t going to have one until the other caddie was on his third and highly suggested it. He was right. The meat was soft as butter. Had to be Kobe beef.


Heard Annie Park had her clubs stolen out of her car this week. Could explain her 76-78 card.


ANA Pro-Am

April 4, 2019

My buddy Mark set me up with a pro-am loop which turned out as one of my best. It was an IMG group which included Tom Maletis, the Tournament Director of the Cambia Portland Classic. Great fun and big money.

The beer provided in the caddie tent afterward hit the spot. So did the second and third. Nothing seems to be better to cure dehydration. At least that’s what I kept telling myself.


For the third time since “The Nerd” moved to Tampa, his mailbox has been destroyed by an errant driver. Luckily, his neighbor slapped it back together temporarily.

mailbox


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